Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Paradox

Definition: 

A paradox is a proposition that is or appears to be contradictory but expresses some measure of truth.

Examples: 

Portnoy’s complaint ... is too funny not to be taken seriously.

(Time, February 21, 1969, cited by Corbett 1971 492 )

 
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Source: 
492–493